Monday, July 28, 2014


Amnesty International: Writer sentenced to death 

Amnesty International issued a statement on July 25th to stop the execution of an Iranian prisoner of conscience Arzhang Davoodi, who has already spent nearly 11 years of his life in jail. Davoodi who is 61 years old, is now sentenced to death on a new charge. Iranian writer and poet Arzhang Davoodi learned from his lawyer on 20 July 2014 that he had been sentenced to death for his alleged membership and support of banned group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). The sentence was imposed despite an apparent lack of evidence and after grossly unfair proceedings. Arzhang Davoodi was arrested in 2003 and held in solitary confinement for prolonged periods during which he has said he was tortured and otherwise ill-treated and denied access to a lawyer and his family. He was sentenced, in March 2005, to 25 years’ imprisonment, reduced to 10 years on appeal, on charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “establishing and directing an organization opposed to the government” for his peaceful activities, including directing a cultural education centre. In May 2014, he was sentenced to an additional two years’ imprisonment, on the charge of “insulting the Supreme Leader”. Amnesty international added: Arzhang Davoodi is a prisoner of conscience, jailed, and now sentenced to death, for his political opinions and peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression. He is believed to have been accused of having ties with the PMOI merely because in prison he insisted on calling PMOI by its official name, Mojahedin, rather than by the term used by the Iranian authorities, Monafeghin (hypocrites).

A man sentenced to jail, stoning & execution for having satellite dish

The Iranian regime judicial chief in the city of Ghaemshahr, northern Iran, sentenced a main to jail, stoning and execution. According to a report wired by the Ministry of Intelligence news agency, the charges sentenced to stoning include possessing a number of weapons and satellite TV equipment. This 32 year old man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars and two executions, one by stoning and one by hanging.

Iran state forces raid father’s home of executed Kurd pol prisoner, threaten family

The Iranian resistance on July 23rd according to its Local sources reported that the Iranian regime security forces in the city of Maku raided the home of the father of Shirin Alam Holi, an executed Kurdish political prisoner, searching the items and threatening him to not post any pictures or life stories of his daughter to media outlets. If any such documents are published in Kurdish media they will confiscate his home.
It is worth noting that prior to this on the day marking the anniversary of Shirin Alam Holi’s execution May 9, her mother, sister and cousins were all arrested by security forces. They were all released on bail.
Shirin Alam Holi was executed on the morning of 
May 9th 2010 along with other Kurdish political prisoners Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili and a Fars prisoner Mehdi Islamiyan in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Iran mullah on presence of women in stadiums: No need; watch it on TV

A state-run newspaper in Iran asked Mullah Makarem Shirazi about the decree of Sharia law regarding the presence of women in sports stadiums as spectators. His response is as follows:
The general atmosphere at sports stadiums isn’t suitable for women and there is no doubt the mixture of boys and girls will be the source of many moral and social problems. In addition, in many sports men don’t have the proper clothing. To this end, it is necessary that women withhold from taking part in these programs, especially since these programs can be seen on media and their presence isn’t necessary. (
Asr-e Iran News Agency – July 20, 2014)
The same newspaper published 10 new steps for implementing Hijab law in Iran
Houshang Khandandel, deputy interior minister for development, notified the deputy governors for development about the 10 step that have been prospected for the implementation of the Hijab and modesty law. Some of these steps are:
1. Preventing the advertisement of commodities that contradict with the culture of Hijab and modesty across the cities
2. Expanding public area, parks and sports centers allocated to women and girls
4. Increasing the facilitation of city transportation for women
5. Observing Sharia norms in the construction of residential areas.

Mullahs’ plan to round satellite dishes in western province

In the latest Iran crackdown plan, Manuchehr Amanollahi, head of Kermanshah Province police in western Iran, said there is a widespread plan to round up satellite dishes in this province.
“Any type of purchasing, selling, installing and using of satellite TV is considered a crime and the police will take measures based on the law and deal with the culprits of such crimes,” he said quoted by the state-run ISNA news agency.
“In some period these measures have been carried out in more severity and in some periods it has been very little. However, measures against the satellite TV is on the police agenda,” Amanollahi added.
He went on to say 300 dishes were rounded up last week alone. “The priority in dealing with this issue is with the distributors and installers of this equipment, and also if any type of satellite equipment is installed inside homes.”